Architecture Program


Date of this Version

May 2005


M. Arch. thesis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, May 2005


There are over 150 miles of Chicago River system connecting North Shore suburbs to south side Calumet. This project focuses on a prototypical initial site for an expanding network of water taxi stations reaching to the city’s edges and beyond. The selected site for the proposed water taxi station lies south of Wolf Point, the confluence of the north and south branches of the Chicago River. The proposal considers the site as part of a single approach to reactivation, redevelopment, and remediation. The system will serve riders from the Loop to as far as Joliet, Illinois. The program will adapt and serve as a fish hatchery, canoe rental and port, and provide green space and a revitalized riverwalk. It will meet and exceed the five key components of the Chicago River Corridor Development Plan, which are: paths and greenways, public access, habitat and landscaping, recreation, and economic development. Mentor: Nathan Howe

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